Prince Harry has been branded ‘hypocritical’ for taking a private jet just three months after saying climate change is ‘the most pressing issue we are facing’.
The Duke of Sussex has long positioned himself as an activist for the environment. But now he has come under fire for appearing to ignore his own advice.
Just three weeks ago, Harry told Oprah it is ‘pretty depressing’ to have kids ‘growing up in today’s world’ and called for a ‘reckoning moment’.
Despite this passionate position, the Duke was seen by The Sun using a private jet to return to his home in Santa Barbara, California, from a polo match in Aspen, Colorado.
He was pictured landing in Santa Barbara after he had been photographed on a horse, playing polo to help raise money for his charity Sentebale – which supports people in Lesotho with HIV.
The two-hour, 750-mile flight on Thursday could have seated 20 people but it only carried Harry and his team
It is believed the $45 million Gulfstream aircraft belongs to one of the Duke’s polo friends – Marc Ganzi.
Royal author Tom Quinn told the MailOnline: ‘This appears to be enormously hypocritical, given all his talk about climate change.
‘Harry seems to see himself as someone who guides the rest of the world and that his own behaviour isn’t relevant. It is a huge blind spot.’
Indeed, Harry has even said he and Meghan are not planning to have more than two children ‘to save the planet’.
Speaking to Dr Jane Goodall in July 2019, before the birth of Lilibet Diana, Harry said having Archie had helped him ‘see the world differently’.
He then told the conservationist he and his wife were planning to have no more than ‘two maximum’ children.
Harry has come under fire several times over the last few weeks, especially after he announced he would be publishing a memoir about his life as a royal.
This move was also criticised by many as wanting privacy was one of the reasons the Sussexes cited for quitting as working royals.
But the co-author of Finding Freedom, who is also a friend of the couple’s, previously said the Sussexes are a couple who ‘needs to be on the ground’.
Mr Scobie told People: ‘They say that the proof is in the pudding, and what we are about to see is that pudding.
‘They seem to be existing in a different place, and that place is much healthier.
‘Meghan famously spoke about that it was not enough to survive — we are now in the thrive chapter.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted the Sussexes for comment.
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